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Jacee Cho, SLA Lab Director

Jacee Cho, founder and director of the SLA Lab at UW Madison, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and a member of the Second Language Acquisition Program’s Steering Committee. Since completing her PhD at the University of Iowa in 2012, she has published numerous articles and given a number of presentations on the acquisition of articles, definiteness and specificity, covert and overt features. Her current work focuses on the second language acquisition of English articles by Russian and Korean speakers.

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Jacee Cho (Co-editor). Meaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018.

Selected references:

Cho, J. (accepted). Online processing and offline judgements of L2-English articles. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

Cho, J. (2020). Memory load effect in the real-time processing of scalar implicatures. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10936-020-09726-3

Feng, S., & Cho, J. (2019). Asymmetries between direct and indirect scalar implicatures in second language acquisition. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 877.

J. Cho (2017). “The acquisition of different types of definite noun phrases in L2 English.” International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(3), 367-382.

J. Cho and R. Slabakova. (2015). “A feature-based contrastive approach to the acquisition of specificity.” Applied Linguistics.

J. Cho and R. Slabakova. (2014). “Interpreting definiteness in a second language without articles: the case of Russian.” Second Language Research 30(2): 159-190.

J. Cho. (2013). “Tapping into learnability in feature acquisition: the L2 acquisition of overt and covert features in Russian.” In Advances in Language Acquisition by S. Stavrakaki, M. Lalioti, and P. Konstantinopoulou (Eds.) (pp. 282-290). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

J. Cho. (2013). “Case marking and referentiality in Russian negation construction.” Proceedings of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: 40-48.